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Orioles minor league recap 7/11: DJ Stewart shines in Triple-A All-Star Game

Two Tides and four Baysox appear in midsummer showcases, the Keys lose in extras, both the Shorebirds and IronBirds win big

MLB: Baltimore Orioles-Media Day Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pacific Coast League All-Stars 12, International League All-Stars 7

Two Norfolk Tides appeared in this one. DJ Stewart started in left field for the International League and had a big day, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Drew Dosch was substituted in late at third base and went 0-for-1 in his only at-bat in the All-Star game played in his hometown. Jimmy Yacabonis was named to the IL team, but skipped out because of recent work in the big leagues.

Eastern League West All-Stars 4, Eastern League East All-Stars 4

A quartet of Bowie Baysox appeared for the West. Luis Gonzalaez came out of the bullpen to throw 1.1 scoreless frames, striking out two in the process. Keegan Akin tossed a scoreless inning of his own, earning a hold. Catcher Martin Cervenka and third baseman Ryan Mountcastle both came off of the bench. Cervenka went 0-for-1, while Mountcastle had an 0-for-2 night.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) 12, Frederick Keys 11 F/12

It was a valiant effort from the Keys lineup, which overcame four different deficits but ultimately lost in extra innings.

Zac Lowther started for Frederick and had one of his rare less-than-stellar outings. Over five innings, the lefty allowed four runs on six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Lucas Humpal tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Mike Burke served up two runs on four hits and four strikeouts in three innings. Tyler Erwin and Issac Silva combined to throw three innings and allow six runs but none of them were earned because of a combination of two errors and the stupid minor league rule where a runner starts the inning on second base.

The Keys hitters had 17 hits in this one. Chris Clare, Wilson Garcia, Randolph Gassaway, Jomar Reyes, Yojhan Quevedo, Cole Billingsley and T.J. Nichting all had multi-hit games. Woody led the team with three runs driven in. Quevedo, Woody, Billingsley and Clare had a double apiece.

Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) 0

DL Hall might just have the South Atlantic League all figured out. The 19-year-old has allowed one earned run across six outings, dating back to June 2. This may have been his most impressive performance so far: six innings, no runs, two hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. His friends in the bullpen did their best to help him out. Alex Katz threw two scoreless innings, working around five hits, and Nick Vespi finished things up with a one-hit, two-strikeout ninth inning.

The Shorebirds managed to score six times despite no hitter in the lineup recording more than one hit. Cadyn Grenier had a clutch double with the bases loaded, driving in three runs, and also walked twice. Zach Jarrett and Ryan Ripken both had a solo home run each. Ben Breazeale went hitless but walked three times. Mason McCoy and Kirvin Moesquit both stole a base.

Aberdeen IronBirds 6, Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) 1

Adam Hall led the IronBirds offensive charge with three hits and two RBI. Alexis Torres pitched in with two hits and two RBI of his own. Robert Neustrom and Robbie Thorburn recorded a double each, and Nick Horvath added two walks.

Aberdeen’s pitching was pretty darn good as well. They allowed just two total hits and three walks as a unit. Jordan Kipper, Nick Vichio and Ryan Controy combined for four scoreless innings. Gray Fenter allowed the only Cyclones run (a one-run homer), but he did it over five impressive innings in which he struck out five.

Box scores for all of the O’s minor league teams

Thursday’s games

  • Tides vs Gwinnett (Braves), 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD
  • Baysox at Reading (Phillies), 7:15 p.m. Starter: TBD
  • Keys vs Wilmington, 7 p.m. Starter: RHP Cristian Alvarado (8-6 4.17 ERA)
  • Shorebirds at Charleston, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Jhon Peluffo (2-4, 6.82 ERA)
  • IronBirds vs Brooklyn, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD